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Announcements for the weeks of
April 21 and 28, 2014

Personal Announcements

Class asking for support for autism

autismI am a student in Professor Santoro's English Composition I class. The day I started Professor Santoro's composition class, I knew nothing about autism. With the professor's guidance, I am now educated and interested in helping to raise awareness. As a class, we were asked to do a multimedia project on autism. I chose to form a team to walk in the Autism Project's annual Imagine Walk. Our team is named CCRI-Composition. The Imagine Walk is going to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on April 27 at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick.

The Autism Project will put the money that we raise right back into a fund for CCRI to offer autism training to students, faculty and anyone else who is interested in learning about autism. I hope to raise awareness and money for this great cause because we are all just one piece of the puzzle that makes a bigger picture.

I am looking for anyone who wants to participate in any way. If interested in walking or donating, please register on the event fundraising website or contact me directly. Thank you for your support. -- Cynthia Agostini, CCRI student

New Announcements

Seeking success stories

CrierCCRI's Department of Marketing and Communications is soliciting success stories from the Class of 2014 to feature on the college's News and Events Web page, in college publications and to promote to the local media.

In recent years we have featured students who received full scholarships to Brown University; adult students who returned to school to train for a new career; students who overcame language barriers to succeed here; and many others with inspirational stories.

We certainly are seeking tales of great academic success, but also stories where students prevailed over significant obstacles to change their lives here at CCRI. If you have been inspired by a student's dedication, persistence and accomplishments, others will be, too.

Please complete the online form by Wednesday, April 23. Thank you.

Two events in one - Liberal Arts Roundtable and Honors Program Forum

CCRI will host two events on Wednesday, April 30, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

At 3:30 p.m., the Liberal Arts Roundtable will take place. "Liberal Arts Alive and Well at CCRI - the Value of a Liberal Arts Education" will include a panel discussion with CCRI faculty, students and alumni as they share their experiences of studying the liberal arts. Refreshments will be provided.

lipsittThe 14th Annual Honors Forum featuring student projects will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Lewis Lipsitt, Brown University professor emeritus, is the keynote speaker for the event and will discuss "Lessons from Babies about Lifespan Development." A coffee reception will follow the program. This event is sponsored by the CCRI Honors Program.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Flanagan Psychology Club presents 'The Science of Happiness'

At 2 p.m. on Monday, April 28, Catherine Sanderson, author, health psychologist and professor of psychology at Amherst College will present "The Science of Happiness," in Room 1336 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. In 2012, the Princeton Review named Sanderson one of the country's top 300 professors.

CITLA news: Workshop on quantitative literacy

citlaThe Office of Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment and Accreditation at the University of Rhode Island invites faculty to a workshop on quantitative literacy from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, (lunch included) in the Memorial Union Atrium I in Kingston. Dr. Nathan Grawe, associate professor of economics at Carleton College, will present a workshop titled "Quantitative Literacy: What Is It? How Can We Teach It Across our Programs?" Visit CITLA for more details and RSVP by May 1 to reserve your seat.

CCRI Alex and Ani bangle now available

aniIn honor of the Community College of Rhode Island's 50th year, the CCRI Alumni Association has partnered with Alex and Ani to create the first-ever community college signature patented expandable wire charm bangle, made in America with love.

Proceeds from the sale of the CCRI charm bangles, which feature the college's seal, will provide financial assistance for students through Alumni Association scholarships and book awards. Bangles are available at all four CCRI Bookstore locations and will be available online on the Bookstore website soon.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Flanagan Campus

seaJoin members of CCRI's Students for Environmental Action (SEA) club to help prepare the Lincoln campus forest garden for the summer months ahead. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the garden, located at the end of the south lot road on the Flanagan Campus. Anyone interested in participating or joining the club should contact SEA.

Spring Fest in Lincoln

The Student Government in Lincoln would like to invite the college community to Spring Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the outside field area. Food, inflatables and music will be provided for all CCRI student, faculty and staff. Wednesday, April 30, is the rain date.

DECA business plan competition

decaThe Flanagan Campus Collegiate DECA chapter will host its capstone business competitive event in the rear of the student cafeteria from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30. All CCRI Business students are invited to present displays and business plans. Small prizes will be awarded to the students with the top projects. The college community is invited to see the showcase of projects.

Massage clinics to be held in Newport

CCRI Massage Therapy students will run the annual Student Massage Therapy Clinic from May 19 to June 26 at the Newport County Campus. Appointments will be available Mondays, and Wednesdays through Saturdays. There is a limit of two massages per person. Appointments cannot be made until a questionnaire is completed and submitted to Catherine Sardinha or faxed to 401-851-1671. Once a questionnaire is completed, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment. The price for a one-hour massage is $20. Anyone with questions should call 401-851-1722.

Italian Club to host penny social

The CCRI Italian Club will host a penny social on April 21, 23, 24, 25 and 28, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The fundraiser will take place on the second floor across from the bookstore. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There will be chances to win gift certificates from area restaurants, gift shops, clothing and jewelry stores, movie theaters, car washes, the CCRI bookstore and much more. Anyone with questions should call Professor Mansella at 401-825-2011.

Community Health Day

The senior dental hygiene students are partnering with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation for their Community Health Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The students will be treating breast cancer survivors and those undergoing chemotherapy. They will be making fluoride trays and providing specific preventive oral education.

Student-directed play project

An evening of 10-minute plays directed by three of CCRI's student directors will be presented at the Liston Campus Auditorium in Providence. General admission costs $10. Students, employees and seniors pay an $8 admission.

  • Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Art Seminar exhibition in Warwick

This exhibition at the Knight Campus Art Gallery is the result of a capstone course. It is an opportunity for students to demonstrate and share with the public that they have achieved the goals of learning established by the Department of Art at CCRI. The exhibition will be open Monday, April 28 through Thursday, May 1. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 1, in the gallery.

Upcoming music events

musicChamber Ensemble Concert: The Chamber Ensemble, CCRI's microband, and percussion ensemble, present an enjoyable evening of concert works under the direction of Cheri Markward and Charles Kalajian. A $5 admission benefits music scholarships.

  • 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1: Bobby Hackett Theater, Knight Campus, Warwick

Student Instrumental Recital: Instrumental music students studying for credit perform. This event is free and open to the public.

  • 1 p.m., Friday, May 2: Room 0540, Knight Campus, Warwick

Theatre Student Showcase

Theatre students from various CCRI campuses will perform selections originally presented in their classes during the spring semester at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in the Liston Campus Auditorium in Providence. This event is free and open to the public.

URI dean to speak at engineering club event

The CCRI Engineering Student Association (ESA) will host Dr. George Veyera, associate dean of engineering and student affairs at URI, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Room 0100 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. He will talk about transferring to URI in STEM related fields. In addition, he will speak about the international engineering program that allows students from almost any major at URI to major in a language and another degree of their choosing. The specialty of the program allows a student to go abroad for a year for school and a paid internship. Lastly, after completion of the program, graduates have close to a 100 percent job placement rate. Refreshments will be provided.

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Events taking place this week:

Final Engineering and Technology open house

The Engineering and Technology Department will host one more open house to inform students about education and career paths in the engineering and technology fields. Students will have the chance to meet faculty, tour labs, speak to employers in the industry and learn about enrollment. The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Engineering and Technology Department conference rooms on the second floor at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Anyone with questions should call 401-825-2156 or email Jerry Bernardini, department chair.

Music events

Jazz Ensemble Concert: CCRI students perform jazz standards under the direction of Dr. Stephen Lajoie. Admission is $5.

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Room 0540, Knight Campus in Warwick

Student Jazz Recital: Music students studying jazz for credit perform. Free and open to the public.

  • 1 p.m., Friday, April 25, Room 0540, Knight Campus in Warwick

 CCRI Choral Concert: Chorus and Chamber singers perform under the direction of Dr. Joseph Amante. A $5 admission benefits music scholarships.

  • 7 p.m., Friday, April 25, Bobby Hackett Theater, Knight Campus in Warwick

Spring cleanup in Providence

The Liston Student Government will hold its annual spring cleanup event at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 25. Join the group and help clean the CCRI grounds and make it a better environment. Enjoy the music and refreshments, too.

Writing Center coordinator to hold book signings

bookDr. Karen Petit of the English Department will be giving out free bookmarks and answering questions at book signings for her second novel, "Mayflower Dreams." It is a fictional historical novel with an interesting protagonist, Rose Hopkins. Even though she loves clocks, Rose is often late and has other problems living in the present. She embarks on both a real journey and a dream story as she explores the history, culture, challenges, achievements and dreams of our Pilgrim ancestors. The novel's official release date is April 22.

These book signings will take place at the following CCRI bookstores:

  • Flanagan Campus: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21
  • Newport County Campus: 3 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23

During these events, Petit will answer questions about writing and getting published. For more information about "Mayflower Dreams," visit the book's website, the CCRI homepage or send an email to the author.

German and French Club fundraiser

The German and French Club will host its final bake sale of the semester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 23, in front of the bookstore at the Knight Campus. The goal is to raise money for club events and activities for the fall semester. All baked goods are free with a strong request to donate whatever you can.

'Holding Space' in Warwick through Thursday

The work of more than a dozen artists combines to create an exhibition that will showcase how each interprets the idea of "holding space," something that everyone has needed or experienced in their lives. The show will be up through April 24 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, Room 3500, in Warwick.

Shingles vaccination clinics

Events taking place next week:

Flanagan Psychology Club presents 'The Science of Happiness'

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Ongoing News and Events

Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

The Community College of Rhode Island Alumni Association will hold its 12th Annual Golf Tournament at 8:15 a.m. on June 11 at Crystal Lake Golf Club. Proceeds from the golf tournament will enhance the Alumni Association's ability to provide student assistance through book awards and emergency funds. Online registration is now available.

Volunteers sought for free dental clinic in Lincoln

dentalCCRI again will host the third annual Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic at its Flanagan Campus in Lincoln on Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1. Various volunteer opportunities are available for community members as well as dental and medical professionals. Visit the website to learn more and register.


Brown bag lunch:  Faculty Learning Community

citlaHave you ever seen notices about a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) forming and wondered what one does in an FLC? An FLC forms a cross-disciplinary community that meets over a semester to explore individual interests regarding teaching and learning.  Please join Wendy Aronoff for an informational brown bag lunch that describes CCRI's FLC. During this session you will have the opportunity to ask questions about how an FLC may benefit your work and hear from your colleagues about its benefits.

  • Newport County Campus, Tuesday, May 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 200
  • Flanagan Campus, Lincoln: Thursday, May 8, 12:30  to 1:30 p.m., Room TBA

Click here to register.

Spring Symposium

Save the date for CITLA's 4th Annual Spring Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. More detailed information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Shingles vaccination clinics

shotThe Wellness Company will offer shingles vaccination clinics  on all four campuses for faculty and staff over the age of 60. The vaccinations are covered by UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross & Blue Shield, with no out-of-pocket cost to you. The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 22, Newport County Campus, Atrium
  • Thursday, April 24, Flanagan Campus, Student cafeteria
  • Tuesday, May 6, Liston Campus, Atrium

You must preregister for an appointment by calling 401-490-0942.

'Employee of the Month' program underway

CrierAs the Community College of Rhode Island enters its 50th year, we reflect not only on the successes of our past, present and future students, but on those who directly or indirectly guide, teach and encourage them. CCRI, though large, represents members of a small, tight-knit community, and we'd like to shine a light on some of the folks who make it so special.

During all academic months in 2014 - May and September through December - one CCRI employee will be recognized as "Employee of the Month." This is a chance for all of us to nominate those whom we see being heroes every day, whether in front of the classrooms or behind the scenes.

All faculty and staff are eligible for nomination. An Employee of the Month Committee will review nominations and select one winner per month. Employees can be nominated by any CCRI employee, and nominations will be kept on file for consideration for the remainder of calendar year 2014.

Individuals will be recognized for consistently performing their jobs in a manner that furthers CCRI's mission and benefits their community or for doing something especially noteworthy as follows:

  • They show exemplary individual performance in their jobs.
  • Their efforts have inspired and supported the performance and achievement of others.
  • They demonstrate a positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers and students/constituents, serving as a role model for others.
  • They commit to quality in carrying out job responsibilities and are an asset to CCRI.

Those wishing to nominate colleagues who have impressed them are asked to complete the online nomination form.

The college looks forward to this additional chance to recognize exemplary co-workers among our various campuses and in our larger unified college community.

Women's soccer team all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser

soccerThe CCRI women's soccer team will be hosting its third annual breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Dave's Bar and Grill at 2339 Post Road in Warwick. Come join us for one of the best breakfasts that you've ever had. You name it, they'll have it - including omelets to order. It is all you can eat and there will be raffles. Please come out and support the team. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased from any team member or from Head Coach Dennis Grassini at the Knight Campus (ext. 2185) or from Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan at the Flanagan Campus (ext. 7176).

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Performance reviews

Performance evaluation forms have been distributed to all department heads for all nonclassified and classified employees via email. Nonclassified and classified employees were emailed a letter and the Employee Preparation for Performance Review Meeting Form on April 14. All nonclassified and classified job descriptions may be viewed online.  Performance evaluations should be completed and returned to Human Resources by Friday, May 30.

Training opportunities

The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium has many opportunities for professional development. One upcoming workshop is:

Write it right!
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 2, Providence College

A dynamic 3 1/2-hour training program that helps participants focus on clear, correct and concise business writing. Basic grammar and writing concepts are reintroduced with an emphasis on using action verbs, avoiding wordiness and keeping sentences short and simple. Participants will complete activities individually and in pairs after each concept is introduced. Topics covered: Four C's of business writing, foundations of grammar, sentence construction, parallel construction, punctuation pitfalls and writing effective emails.

For future workshops, please see the list of spring offerings. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O'Brien.

Onsite AFLAC visits

An AFLAC representative will be on CCRI campuses to discuss available programs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Knight Campus, Warwick: Monday, May 5 (Lower Commons)
  • Flanagan Campus, Lincoln: Wednesday, May 7 (Student cafeteria)
  • Liston Campus, Providence: Monday, May 12 (Atrium)
  • Newport County Campus, Tuesday, May 13 (Atrium)

Cancer, heart problems and serious accidents often cause many financial burdens. AFLAC policies pay you cash benefits directly regardless of your current major medical plan. Many AFLAC plans also provide you "wellness benefits" which actually give you back money to stay healthy. Most programs can be purchased on a pretax basis and must be purchased or changed by June 30, 2014. Existing Short Term Disability policyholders can upgrade at this time, as well. Email Doreen Sylvia to make an appointment or submit a change of address request.

VALIC individual counseling

Sign up to benefit from personal attention and get answers to help you plan for a more secure financial future. If you've never met with a VALIC financial adviser, here's a chance to get acquainted. CCRI's VALIC representative will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Register for individual counseling using this registration code: 4011WAR11AA.

If you can't attend, please contact Cheryl Gibson to schedule a meeting.

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Last Updated: 4/21/14